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Other Media / Re: What are we reading?
« Last post by jenkins on Today at 07:57:53 PM »

Rebecca Solnit slays, is basically what i'm saying. how did i find about her? not even from someone i know, no, but from the internet, she was just listed around the things i liked and there i went. the same thing happened with me and Mary Oliver. do i think Mary Oliver lives up to her reputation? that's another thing i'm saying. here's Solnit:

The places in which any significant event occurred become embedded with some of that emotion, and so to recover the memory of the place is to recover the emotion, and sometimes to revisit the place uncovers the emotion. Every love has its landscape. Thus place, which is always spoken of as though it only counts when you’re present, possesses you in its absence, takes on another life as a sense of place, a summoning in the imagination, with all that atmospheric effect and association of a powerful emotion. The places inside matter as much as the one outside. It is as though in the way places stay with you and that you long for them they become desires—a lot of religions have local deities, presiding spirits, geniuses of the place. You could imagine that in those songs Kentucky or the Red River is a spirit which the singer prays, that the mourn the dreamtime before banishment, when the singer lived among the gods who were not phantasm but geography, matter, earth, itself.

There is a voluptuous pleasure in all that sadness. and I wonder where it comes from, because as we usually construe the world, sadness and pleasure should be far apart. Is it that the joy that comes from other people always risks sadness, because even when love doesn’t fail, mortality enters in; is it that there is a place where sadness and joy are not distinct, where all emotion lies together, a sort of ocean into which the tributary streams of distinct emotions go, a faraway deep inside; is it that such sadness is only the side effect of art that describes the depths of our lives, and to see that described in all potential for loneliness and pain is beautiful? There are songs of insurgent power; they are essentially what rock and roll, an outgrowth of one strain of the blues, does best, these songs of being young and at the beginning of the world, full of a sense of your own potential. Country at least the old stuff, has mostly been devoted instead to aftermath, to the hard work it takes to keep going or the awareness that comes after it is no longer possible to go on. If it is deeper than rock it is because failure is deeper than success. Failure is what we learn from, mostly.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost.

and on top of all that, she has a book dedicated to walking. it's titled Wanderlust: A History of Walking. you know it's like, clearly worth my time here, since i like to write about these things, and because of how well she writes.

she also wrote Men Things Explain To Me, which cover i had seen but which book i hadn't read. i knew about it. for some reason i thought Sheila Heti wrote it. Sheila Heti can "bring it" as well. Men Things Explain To Me brought mansplaining into the cultural lexicon, although that word isn't in the book and Solnit isn't a fan of it.

basically in life as far i can tell i share movie interests with gay men and writing interests with women.

honestly if i made a list of female writers slaying nonfiction it'd be a long list. that's truth.
The Small Screen / Re: saturday night live
« Last post by wilder on Today at 03:32:58 PM »
News and Theory / Re: 2018 Xixax Awards - Nominate!
« Last post by jenkins on Today at 03:08:05 PM »
"All the nominees, you know, are great, you guys are awesome, we should go and get ice cream after this."

i become emotionally invested in that speech, thanks for sharing it.

jb wins the awards is all i'm sure about.
The Small Screen / Wild Wild Country (Netflix Documentary)
« Last post by wilberfan on Today at 02:56:34 PM »

  A Netflix Original documentary series about a controversial cult leader who builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, resulting in conflict with the locals that escalates into a national scandal. Coming March 16.

  Directors:  Chapman Way, Maclain Way

The latest must-binge original offering from Netflix comes in the shape of a six-part documentary series about a small religious movement (or cult, if you prefer) that moved into a small Oregon town in the 1980s. Easily one of the craziest documentaries I’ve ever seen, Chapman and Maclain Way’s six-part series “Wild Wild Country” boasts a profound narrative with intricate human beings, an amass of intellectual themes and more twists than you can count. Told chronologically and using 250+ hours of footage and extensive new interviews, it places you into the contrasting experiences of people in this bizarre saga, leaving you to wonder in part how such a story could have been so forgotten by American history.
   --Nick Allen

I was hooked half way through the first episode.
News and Theory / Re: Box Office Guesstimations
« Last post by jenkins on Today at 02:49:45 PM »
Black Panther is currently the world's highest grossing movie, here in March.

number 2 is Operation Red Sea, which is a war movie so it doesn't interest me.

number 3 is Detective Chinatown 2, this is its trailer

number 4 is Fifty Shades Freed, which doesn't interest me.

number 5 is Monster Hunt 2, this is its trailer

number 6 is Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which doesn't interest me.

number 7 is Paddington 2, which i'll eventually see.

number 8 is Insidious: The Last Key, and really at this point it's clear that it's not necessarily the best movies which make the most money.

i want to see Detective Chinatown 2 though, maybe #1 too
This Year In Film / Re: Black Panther
« Last post by Drenk on Today at 09:02:14 AM »
I can't give a pass to Marvel. Black Panther is ugly, but it's not new for them. Those movies make billions and I should think that they can't make two people at the top of a mountain not look ridiculous? They don't care.
News and Theory / Re: 2018 Xixax Awards - Nominate!
« Last post by samsong on Yesterday at 11:51:01 PM »
Best Film
phantom thread

Best Director
david lynch - twin peaks: the return

Best Female Performance
cynthia nixon - a quiet passion

Best Male Performance
daniel day lewis - phantom thread

Best Cast
marjorie prime

Best Minor Role Performance
val kilmer - the snowman

Best Screenplay
phantom thread

Best Cinematography
the lost city of z

Best Original Music
THE SHAPE OF WATER!!!! :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
... phantom thread

Best Debut Film
lady bird

Best Documentary
faces places

Most Disappointing Film
call me by your name, three billboards blah blah blah, the shape of water, the killing of a sacred deer, blade runner 2049, it comes at night

Best Film of 2016 - Redux
still love paterson

Best Opening Credits
good time

Best Movie-going Experience
sitting in front of jeff garland and hearing his insane laugh all throughout john wick: chapter 2

Best Acceptance Speech
(skip to 1:14)
This Year In Film / Re: Black Panther
« Last post by pete on Yesterday at 11:38:32 PM »
I like that this movie exists. I know I shouldn't be distracted by the cinematography and the effects but I am. I hope the movie works properly on the younger ones out there who'd really benefit from seeing a non-cynical superhero movie that actually seems to inspire and seems to understand actual world struggles instead of mere geopolitical jibber jabber like Captain America (tho he's my favorite superhero and winter soldier was the best executed marvel movie).
News and Theory / Re: 2018 Xixax Awards - Nominate!
« Last post by KJ on Yesterday at 10:20:22 PM »
everything: phantom thread
second place of everything: a ghost story

yeah I swear i'm not biased!
News and Theory / Re: 2018 Xixax Awards - Nominate!
« Last post by polkablues on Yesterday at 08:28:14 PM »
I’ve been busy, okay?
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